Trouble with Windows picking the right account (or whatever) on bootup


  1. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 Home Edition
       #1

    Trouble with Windows picking the right account (or whatever) on bootup


    Lately, when I boot up my computer, it seems not to know which account (or whatever) to use. I have to select the proper account, and it gets really annoying.

    In the edited photo I attached, you can see that the system seems to be picking the lower of the second two accounts shown in the lower left. That is is not the one I want. I end up having to select the top one on the lower left (with the picture of the calling frog), and then entering a password.

    I used to have it so it always picked the one with the calling frog. How do I make it do that again?
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Trouble with Windows picking the right account (or whatever) on bootup-photo-bootup-screeen-modified-september-23-2019.jpg  
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  2. Posts : 61,838
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #2

    Hello changeling616, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Usually, Windows will select the last user that was signed in by default.

    Is the currently selected account name "Other user" in your screenshot, and is asking to enter both user name and password?

    Is this computer joined to a domain? If so, then Windows will select the domain account by default.

    For now, open netplwiz, and make sure the Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer box is checked like in option 1 below.

    Sign in User Account Automatically at Windows 10 Startup
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  3. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 Home Edition
    Thread Starter
       #3

    I almost always use the account on top (with the frog photo) but Windows selects the bottom one anyway, next time around.

    I used to have it so it always bypassed the login screen because I am the only person who has access to this computer. I think that means it is not joined to a domain. I am not an expert on computers, so I'm not quite sure what "joined to a domain" means.

    As far as this question - "Is the currently selected account name "Other user" in your screenshot, and is asking to enter both user name and password?" - the system selects the bottom ID. I click on the other ID with my mouse, and that replaces what is in center of the screen. I the enter the password that account.
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  4. Posts : 61,838
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #4

    In that case, it sounds like it may be an issue with netplwiz. If you recently made any changes to your computer name, user name, or password, it could cause you to see this other sign in option since the credentials that were previously set in netplwiz are now incorrect.

    As a test, open netplwiz, and check the Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer box if not checked to see if that fixes this.

    Sign in User Account Automatically at Windows 10 Startup
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  5. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 Home Edition
    Thread Starter
       #5

    I did what you said, but that was not really the answer.

    I followed the instructions at How to bypass the Logon screen in Windows 10

    And then I realized when it asked for me to give approval by entering ID and password, the ID was NOT the the email account address and password I use for operating systems functions - it was not an address - some letters but missing the @domain.com. I entered the full correct email address and password, and it now work correctly.

    - - - Updated - - -

    maybe it's obvious, but I was calling the bottom ID was simply those characters I saw letters that together did not make up an address. The system was not able to find any ID to match those characters.
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  6. Posts : 61,838
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #6

    I'm glad you got it sorted.
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